Mfuwe International Airport to be temporarily closed for rehabilitation

  • Mfuwe International Airport infrastructure has recorded marked deterioration.
  • During the rehabilitation period which is expected to last for 90 days, all domestic air traffic will be diverted to Chipata Airport.
  • This temporary relocation has been necessitated by the desire to minimize the impact of the disruption to passenger travel schedules.

 

Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) says Mfuwe International Airport will be temporarily closed to facilitate for rehabilitation works commencing on 13th June 2024.

Corporation Board Chairperson Zevyanji Sinkala said in a statement that during the rehabilitation period which is expected to last for 90 days, all domestic air traffic will be diverted to Chipata Airport.

Mr. Sinkala stated that this temporary relocation has been necessitated by the desire to minimize the impact of the disruption to passenger travel schedules that will be occasioned by the temporary closure of Mfuwe International Airport.

He said Ministry of Transport and Logistics has aided in the provision of funds to rehabilitate critical airport facilities that will enhance the safety and security profile of Mfuwe International Airport.

“Mfuwe International Airport infrastructure has recorded marked deterioration, especially the Runway, Taxiway and Apron Pavements which are critical to aircraft operations.

“This has necessitated the rehabilitation works which will encompass essential maintenance and upgrades aimed at enhancing the airport’s facilities and overall operational capacity,” Mr. Sinkala stated.

He added that the rehabilitation is essential to maintain and enhance the airport’s infrastructure, ensuring it meets the highest standards of operational excellence.

“The scope of work will comprise rehabilitation of the Runway, Taxiway and Apron Pavements, upgrade of the Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) System to replace the current one which is obsolete, re-construction of the Inner Perimeter Fence, and Extension of the Terminal Building.”

Mr. Sinkala further said the rehabilitation works have also been necessitated to comply with the Zambia Civil Aviation Requirements as espoused by the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (ZCAA).

He also indicated that Chipata Airport is currently undergoing rehabilitation to meet the acceptable levels of safety and security needed for aircraft operations.

“The decision to temporarily close Mfuwe International Airport has been made with the utmost consideration for the safety and comfort of all passengers and stakeholders.”

“In this vein, be rest assured that all stakeholders will be engaged to fully understand and appreciate this undertaking which is aimed at improving the safety and security profile of the airport, and its marketability,” he added.

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